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From: Jeremy Maitin-Shepard (jbms_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-04-19 23:33:12

Rogier van Dalen <R.C.van.Dalen_at_[hidden]> writes:

> [snip]

> I would like to make my point slightly clearer than I did before. I don't think
> it would do for a Unicode string library to concentrate on code points. Yes, the
> raw Unicode data should be available somewhere, so it can be written to file or
> sent to the OS's display routines. However, IMO it should use characters as its
> *only* interface for manipulation.

In practice, that isn't very useful. The most common operations would
probably be collation and substring matching (as well as regular
expression handling, perhaps). None of these operations are defined
directly in terms of grapheme clusters, for a variety of reasons. What
it comes down to is that the string will be the most basic unit for
most operations.

> [snip]

Jeremy Maitin-Shepard

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